Affordable Jewelry Tips and Tricks

Guide to Affordable Jewelry and Accessories - Think Like a Boss Lady

A couple girlfriends of mine insisted on today’s topic because even though our styles are different the one thing we agree on is that accessories have the power to set the tone for your entire look. And let’s face it, I like to consider myself something of a budget fashion Fairy Godmother, turning pumpkins into stagecoaches and whatnot.

Whether you’re dressing for an important moment in a boardroom, a first Tinder date, or a Sunday brunch with friends, the way you choose to accessorize your outfit communicates more than words ever could. The message you’re sending is another matter altogether, and for some guidance on that you might enjoy my earlier post regarding high-risk work attire or these helpful style insights from stylist Catherine Cassidy.

That doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money on expensive jewelry and accessories, though. As always, I’m here to help you look like a million bucks without having to sabotage your financial goals. Let’s do this, Cinderella…


Tip #1  Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray is your best friend. I apply a very light coating to all of my non-precious metal jewelry and it does a great job of preserving it. No more green skin and it will extend the life of your metal rings, necklaces, and bracelets by creating a protective barrier against water and even the oils from your skin.

Tip #2  Don’t be fooled by luxury labels and photography. I love the vibe and style of Free People but their prices often give me total sticker shock. For example, Free People sold an Antalya Coin Collar necklace last summer for $98, and that exact same tribal necklace design is on sale from Amazon for just $7.18. Why pay a premium for the same look? Here are a few of my favorite affordable jewelry retailers:

BaubleBar | Happiness Boutique | Purple Peridot


Tip #3  Sample gorgeous accessories from Rocksbox without having to buy them! This is my favorite affordable jewelry tip, and the concept was developed by two boss ladies named Meaghan Rose and Maia Bittner. They co-founded Rocksbox so that frugal fashionistas could wear “new jewelry all the time with zero effort and without the excessive consumption that comes with it.”

If you love Birchbox or ipsy beauty samples, then you’ll be head over heels for the jewelry equivalent from Rocksbox.

When you subscribe to Rocksbox for $19/month, you create a wish list of jewelry from their inventory and then they mail out 3 loaner items from your wish list for you to enjoy. You can swap out the borrowed items for new ones as often as you like during the month. This program is genius because you get to enjoy the latest style trends without having to commit to owning the pieces forever. And if you absolutely fall in love with a piece of loaner jewelry, you have the option of buying it (at a discount, of course) and keeping it.

If you sign up using my Rocksbox referral link you’ll even receive your first month FREE.

Lisa Tufano's Rocksbox Wish list

  • Hannah Pritchett
    January 18, 2016

    Hello! I’m sure you wont see this, I’m sure you are very busy, but I thought you might be interested in this website where everything comes directly from china, and stores often purchase merchandise from here and other sites like this and sell the items for a higher price. is a great way to get designer quality items as low as $2.00. I also purchased a faux fur collar for $5.00 there just like the one I saw in one of your blog posts 🙂 I know you posted this a while ago but just thought I would share! 🙂

    • Lisa Tufano
      January 19, 2016

      Hi Hannah! Thank you so much for commenting. I totally read all the comments and I’m a big fan of actually. I bought some huge mylar heart balloons on there recently and I’ve purchased some really cute dresses/purses too!

      In fact, the Bao Bao-inspired “disco ball” purse I featured on the blog last May is from a shop on People ask me about this purse constantly.

      Thank you again for your thoughtful message and for following TLABL!



  • Sarah Anderson
    March 21, 2016

    Indeed, there are a lot of labels that don’t really mean anything and are there to just drive the price up. When looking at different jewelry, you want to find pieces without those labels. If a company has these labels on one piece though, they likely have it on other pieces too.

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